Tuesday, September 7, 2010
It was great to see my wonderful friend Jenny Kingwell on our arrived in Melbourne. She owns a delightful store Amitie which is full of the most amazing collection of very carefully hand picked fabrics from Japan, Liberty of London and America. She also has a great collection of silk screened fabrics from local gals in Australia.
The first two days were free days and we spent the first day at the coast with Jenny then the second doing our last bit of shopping in Melbourne.
It was a bit of a raining day so we spent the morning shopping on the streets around our hotel then we took the tram into the city. I just love Melbourne it is full of very interesting shops filled with very arty things.
I then taught for the next three days. Firstly a two day class of my leaves. It was a great group of students. They were very creative and worked with all sorts of fibers making very unique pieces.
Jenny (in that very lovely polka dot top) was even able to spend a little time perfecting her stitches. It was great to have Simon in the class as well as.
I love the silk screened background used in this sample as well as the added bird and flowers to the piece below. This block is from my Ginger Grove Quilt was shared by one of the students.
The second class was my Great Needle Roll. A variety of background fabrics were used. Many used ribbons for their stems as well as silk velvet and hand dyed wools for the applique.
I love the combination of fabrics that Jan from Barnawartha used in this bag from my 'Urban Sacs' book. Look at the label. Fabulous!
Melissa and I had a wonderful time in Australia. Many thanks to all that made the trip such a success and for all kind and creative people who went out of there way to make us feel so welcome. I hope our paths cross again soon.